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In this weeks Examiner, in the first in a series of articles from our new Nutritional Therapist, Josh Chanin he examines "The War on Fat"

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Where did it all go wrong?

The war on fat

Part 1

Let’s start at the beginning… in the 1940s Dr Ancel Keys, who was a prominent physiologist in the US proposed his “Diet-Heart Hypothesis”. In 1956 he tested his hypothesis using epidemiological data from 7 countries aptly named the “Seven Countries Study”. From this data it was concluded that diets high in saturated fat lead to a significant increased risk of coronary heart disease. Ancel Keyes, being a charismatic man combined with the need for policy makers to have concrete and simple answers to complicated problems, the US Department of Agriculture, American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association were all convinced that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol caused heart disease.


“Fat Free” & “Healthy”

From these recommendations an entire food & drinks industry took aim at saturated fat and removed it from all its products replacing it with sugar (sucrose, an equal mixture of glucose & fructose) to improve the taste. The food companies needed to market these products and the “fat free” craze was born. Two other significant fallacies have helped increase our intake of sugar over the proceeding decades; Kellogg’s asserts that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and based on the oversimplified concept that “calories in equals calories out”, Coca-Cola argued “Coke can be part of a healthy balanced diet.” Nowadays this would be called “educational marketing”.

Nutripharm Nutrition Services at Whelehans Pharmacy

If you are interested in taking back control of your diet and having a healthy relationship with food again then I am available for a no obligation, free consultation at Whelehans Pharmacy on Pearse Street, Mullingar or contact me (Josh Chanin, Pharmacist and Nutritional Therapist) via email: & text: 0873801866. I offer an affordable nutrition advice and one to one consultation service.


To be continued: Next week


This week’s article was written and researched by Josh Chanin Nutritional Therapist and Pharmacist at Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar


Disclaimer: This article has general information and is not meant as a substitute to medical assessment with your doctor or other health professional

For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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